In this Ancient History CD-ROM, many big
ideas are being examined:
- Several important developments were responsible for the growth
of these early civilizations:
- The ability to grow food and raise livestock made it possible
for people to remain in one place and for settlements to grow
into cities. With the growth of cities, governments were needed
to establish rules and control the population.
- The ability to extract metals from the earth made it possible
to build better tools and better weapons of war.
- The invention of written language made it possible for ideas
and events to be recorded. Written language opened the door
to the creation of stories, plays and poetry. People learned
to read and write a significant new way of receiving
and transmitting information.
- Growing understanding of science and mathematics led to
advances in technology.
- Better means of transportation made it possible for increased
trade, and the spread of ideas and culture throughout a larger
- The forces of creativity and destruction continued to play important
roles in the development of human thinking and behavior.
- The study of the history of these civilizations is informed
by the understanding that events of the past are shaped by the
reporting of more and less reliable narrators. The same events
are perceived differently by different narrators. The search for
truth requires students to be discriminating about accepting assumptions,
and the ability to make thoughtful and intelligent interpretations